Education & Family
by Aspect County

Battle Abbey School – iGCSE maths results 2021

Building on last year’s successes, Battle Abbey School are celebrating another set of record-breaking iGCSE Maths results. These exams took place in January; the students involved were so pleased to be able to take a real’ exam and are naturally proud to receive a real’ result.

Craig Austen-White, Director of Studies, said Forty-five percent of our students achieved a Grade 8 or 9 (A* and A** on the old marking system). When you consider that Grade 9 was designed to be achieved by just two percent of students nationally and that twenty-five percent of students achieved a Grade 9 at Battle Abbey this year, it is quite staggering.”

It is equally pleasing that students for whom Maths is something of a struggle, also achieved well with ninety percent of our students achieving a good pass (59) and ninety-six percent of students achieving a pass (49).”

Of course, this year the numbers do not paint the whole picture. Behind those numbers are stories of personal challenges. Students dealing with lockdown, remote learning, family pressures and illness due to the pandemic.”

Year 11 put in the work, revision, and had to cope with a paper, which was by our Head of Maths own admission, one of the hardest he has seen for iGCSE Maths. They came through it and had a GCSE result that is richly deserved and should be a source of immense pride.”

Mr Clark, Headmaster, added; I’m delighted by these quite stunning results. Thanks should of course go to our Head of Maths, Mr Lawrence Smallman and his team who worked tirelessly, in difficult circumstances, to get the students through the exams. Last term, catch-up lessons were organised every Saturday, and all the teachers went above and beyond to support their students. A special mention is also due to Mr Jo Carthew who is in his first year of teaching with us. Joining one of best Maths departments in the country would be intimidating in normal times, so I am delighted the results of his top set are so magnificent. The stunning achievements of the Maths department have always been a team effort and never more so than this year.”

I would finally like to pay tribute to another group of people who have contributed to these results – the parents of Year 11. Home-schooling is something of an unwanted novelty, but their support and sacrifices have made all the difference and have helped to deliver these extraordinary results.”